a little on the blustery side, otherwise it was very nice and sunny
Bittern, distant but showing
Bittern A chasing Bittern B
Snipe, doing there best to hide
Both showing well in the open on the trampled down reeds at the southern end of the reservoir and stalking one another in a rather aggressive way! Later I caught up with the win. Black-necked Grebe which popped up from a dive very close infront of me. Definitely a treat to see one so well after such a long time, think the last one I saw was back in Herts last winter!
win. plumaged Black-necked Grebe
Anyway, other species of note included 3 Snipe resting in the aquatic vegetation on the west side of the reservoir, a flock of 100+ Starling in the fields over the back (on the east side of the res.) a Raven cronking somewhere in the background and a few stunning male Bullfinches. Not a bad turn out for a 2 hour stint around the local patch!
do you know who this might belong to? I'm hoping otter. It was about a meter from the edge of the reservoir